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IMI Critical Engineering is a world-leading provider of critical flow control solutions that enable vital energy and process industries to operate safely, cleanly, reliably and more efficiently.
We design, manufacture and install customised, highly engineered solutions for new plant builds and also provide complete plant lifecycle service support. This ensures that our customers benefit from efficient maintenance, speedy issue resolution and plant optimisation at all times.
We deliver great solutions to our customers through a unique combination of engineering know-how and fluid controls technology. At the heart of our 'Engineering great solutions' ethos is customer value.
The unique combination of our IMI Critical Engineering companies' know-how and worldwide experience underpins our reputation as a leading global supplier to the major energy and industrial process sectors.
In this section you will find the latest IMI press releases, archived news, and IMI in Action case studies which highlight our businesses’ innovations and achievements.
Our performance and our ability to harness the Group’s full potential relies heavily on having the right people in the right places at the right time. This means recruiting and developing the best people, who have excellent, relevant skills and who are clearly aligned to both our values and our ambitions.
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IMI's origins can be traced back to 1862, when a Victorian entrepreneur opened a percussion cap factory in Birmingham, UK before rapidly diversifying into businesses such as a brass rolling mill, a printing works, soap manufacturers, and the manufacture of bicycle components and metals.
In the early 20th century, the company created a metallurgical laboratory, whose technical advances helped make the company a world leader in metals technologies. In the 1920s, the company became a major supplier of carburettors and radiators for both cars and planes.
In 1927, Kynoch and Eley along with Nobel Industries were three of the four founding companies of Imperial Chemical Industries(ICI) and the Birmingham site became the head office and principal manufacturing base of ICI Metals Division.
ICI Metals became the UK's largest supplier of copper and copper alloys in the 1930s, and had significant business in heat exchangers and sporting ammunition. Then known as Imperial Metal Industries, in the 1950s, one of the company's most significant achievements was to perfect the process by which titanium could be produced on a commercial scale.
The modern IMI began life in Birmingham in 1962 when, on the centenary of the founding of the original firm, the company was renamed IMI Ltd.
IMI's ambitions and distinct identity resulted in a stock exchange listing in 1966, with the parent ICI retaining a majority holding. In 1978, ICI sold its remaining interest and IMI became a fully independent public company.
During the 1980s the company moved towards higher-margin finished products like pipes, tubes and fittings, and in 1989 world-wide sales exceeded £1 billion for the first time.
The 1990s were characterised by restructuring, with the expansion of higher-margin finished product businesses, and the divestment of metal smelting, metal founding and construction-related businesses.
In 2003, IMI moved to new international headquarters at Lakeside, Birmingham Business Park, convenient for the fast international connections offered by nearby Birmingham Airport.
In the last few years, IMI plc has focused its business tightly around three operating divisions, IMI Critical Engineering, IMI Precision Engineering and IMI Hydronic Engineering.
The origins of the IMI Critical division can be traced to 1961, with the founding of IMI CCI in the US. The company began life as the brainchild of two men, and was formed to create a new type of control valve. Within a few years they had developed the DRAG technology that has remained the key technology for managing destructive fluid flow velocities through control valves. The technology has remained in high demand ever since.
IMI CCI joined the IMI Group in 1981, and grew substantially through acquisition, adding new capabilities. Further world class businesses were acquired, building IMI into a world class valve design and manufacturing business, as shown in the graphic below:
In 2014, when IMI plc implemented a single global brand, IMI Severe Service was renamed IMI Critical Engineering and all the individual companies were rebranded, building on the IMI Masterbrand and incorporating imagery that is synonymous with the great brands we have.
IMI Critical Engineering, Lakeside, Solihull Parkway, Birmingham Business Park, Birmingham B37 7XZ
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